Wolverines Blow Late Lead, Fall 4-3 to Kings

The Wolverines gave up two late goals in Dauphin on Friday night and fell 4-3 to the Kings in a heartbreaker.

For the opening 15 minutes of the first period, the Kings were all over the Wolverines. Kolby Johnson scored at the midway point of the frame when he banged in a rebound at the side of the net to put the Kings ahead 1-0.

Nathan Reay and the rest of the Wolverines would weather the storm and head into the break down 1-0, getting outshot 17-7.

The Wolverines carried some of their momentum they had in the last few minutes of the first into the second.

5:23 into the second, Jack Kennedy would capitalize on the Wolverines powerplay opportunity when his blast beat Slobodzian to tie the game at 1-1 for the lone goal in the period.

Despite the Wolverines getting out-shot in the first, they pushed their foot on the gas in the second, getting the shot-clock close to even at 30-24 in favor of the Kings by the end of the period.

One of the newest Wolverines opened the scoring in the third period. Bryce Krauter put Waywayseecapo in front when his shot beat Slobodzian for his fourth goal of the season on a pass from Jaymes Knee.

The floodgates would open after Krauter gave the Wolverines a 2-1 lead. Just over six minutes after Krauter’s goal, Leeam Tivers tied the game at 2-2.

It wouldn’t stop there, as Riley Vautour would snap one into the net on the powerplay with under nine minutes to go which would give the Wolverines a 3-2 lead.

Dauphin wouldn’t take their time to get back into the game as Riley Shamray would tie it up once again, this time just 20 seconds after Vautour scored for the Wolverines.

The Kings would continue to press late in the third and would get rewarded. Kolby Johnson would beat Reay to give Dauphin a lead at the 15:25 mark of the period.

It would be too little too late for the Wolverines after pulling Reay for the extra attacker, as the club would fall 4-3 to the Kings and see their record drop to 13-14-1-2.

Dauphin led the shot clock 39-36, in what was another solid performance from Nathan Reay in the Wolverines net. The Wolverines powerplay went 1 for 4 while their penalty killers did their part, killing off all four Kings chances.

Next up for the Wolverines is a game against the Selkirk Steelers in Winnipeg at the MJHL Showcase on Monday before they prepare for the rematch against the Dauphin Kings the following day.